Well, it’s official…my kids started school this week, and it is now September, so we should be on our way to the cooler temperatures of fall, right? Maybe? Please tell me it’s so, because I’m really ready to do some seasonal decorating. It’s been about 5 months since I put away the Easter decorations after all. To get things rolling, I am teaming up with 16 talented bloggers, and we each have come up with a really cool fall wreath to get you inspired.
I decided to try something different, and I put together this square faux wood fall wreath that I am loving on top of my fireplace mantle. If you’d like to see the rest of my fall decor, you can check it out here.
Want to know a fun thing about this wreath? It’s made out of a pool noodle and some contact paper. There are lots of great pool noodle wreaths out there, and it’s for good reason. They are an inexpensive way to make your wreath form. Turning it into a square form took a little thinking through, but I’ve worked out the kinks, and it should be a piece of cake for you.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- pool noodle (in case you can’t find any in the stores, Amazon has several to choose from)
- miter box
- hack saw
- Original Gorilla Glue
- contact paper in Pine Wood Khaki Gray
- painters tape
- flowers or greenery
I started by cutting my noodle into 4 pieces with 45-degree angles at the ends. Because the pool noodle is round, it is very easy for it to roll slightly and your angles will be off. The most important thing is to mark lines on your noodle so you have a reference point to keep your noodle straight.
To make my reference lines, I measured 2″ from the side of the miter box and marked lines all the way down the pool noodle.
Before you make any cuts, make sure to go back and recheck where your marks are. It’s so easy for the noodle to turn and then your cuts will be off. Keeping the noodle from turning is the most important step!
Line up your cuts where you want them at the diagonal slits on the miter box, and make your 45-degree cuts. The noodle cuts very easily!
Move your noodle down and make cuts going in the opposite direction. Each piece of noodle should look like this when you’re done cutting.
EDIT: Thanks to a really great reader question I’ve added a crude drawing of my pool measurements. I can’t remember the exact measurement of the noodle I used but I believe it was around 53-55″. Try it out in your miter box by marking where your cuts will be before actually the making cuts so that you can make any necessary adjustments.
Once you’ve got your 4 pieces, you will wrap them in the contact paper leaving about a .5″ overlap so that the contact paper will stick to itself. I did not think to do this until after I finished my wreath, but I think a little bit of Gorilla Glue on the overlap would be a great idea, especially if you will be using this outside. I cut off excess contact paper from the ends but left the tiniest bit overhanging (you can see it in the picture below). This ensures that no foam is showing when you put your pieces together.
I was worried about what kind of glue would bond foam, but Gorilla Glue lists foam as one of the materials it will work with, and so far, it has held up wonderfully. The instructions say to dampen both of the surfaces that you want to adhere with water, and apply a thin layer of glue to one of the surfaces. Make sure to wipe off any excess glue when you put your pieces together. To clamp the two surfaces together, I wrapped them with painters tape until they dried.
Finishing it off, I hot glued flowers and greenery from Michael’s. They had this boxwood with a little bit of gold on some of the tips, so I decided to add a little gold Metallic Lustre wax to the berries as well. I also used an orange mum and a few stalks of millet. I wanted to keep it somewhat simple so that you could see the wood.
What do you think about this contact paper? I really love it! It’s pretty thick, and it has a very realistic texture to it. Did you recognize it in the tutorial photos above where I’m cutting the pool noodle? I covered a foam board with it, so there’s a really good chance you’ll continue to see it as a photo backdrop.
Don’t forget to pin this so you have it later!
And, make sure to check out all of the other amazing fall wreaths that are listed below! You can also click on their picture below to get there.